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Jul 10, 2017

FINA World Aquatics Championships begin in Hungary this Friday

Hungary will host the 17th FINA World Aquatics Championships, July 14-30, for the following disciplines: swimming, water polo, open water swimming, synchronized swimming, diving and high diving

Hungary will host the 17th FINA World Aquatics Championships, July 14-30, for the following events: swimming, water polo, open water swimming, synchronized swimming, diving and high diving.

Budapest and Balatonfüred, Lake Balaton, will host the biggest swimming event in the world and the largest international event Hungary has ever held.

More than 2,500 athletes will be competing in more than 200 events over a period of 17 days at five iconic venues. 

"We have a lot of water in Budapest and Hungary," FINA's Miklós Borsa told CNN Sport.

"Hungary is a country of waters; we have lakes, we have rivers, we have everything. We want to show it to the world, not only those who come to Budapest but to the spectators as well."

Hungary stepped in as hosts after Mexico pulled out, building the new Dagály Swimming Complex in Budapest in less than two years.

The water polo competitions will be held at the Alfred Hajós swimming complex on Margaret Island. Synchronized swimming will be staged in a temporary pool by Heroes' Square.

High divers will compete alongside the river Danube by Batthányi Square, oppositte Parliament.

Open water swimming will be held at Balatonfüred, in Central Europe's largest fresh-water lake.

Officials claim that the whole event will bring more than 300 thousand spectators to Hungary.

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